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French Open 2015 Day 6: The French are everywhere at the French Open!!!

In French Open, Roland Garros on May 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm
YASSSSSSSSSSSSS I'm still here!!

YASSSSSSSSSSSSS I’m still here!!

There were no real surprises on Day 6 unless you count the fact that Ana Ivanovic (7) played an absolutely stellar match. I mean from start to finish Ana was in fine form against Donna Vekic, the alleged “Other Woman” to the soon to be dissolved Wawrinkas. This kinda form from the Serbian was what netted her the title here in Paris back in 2008 after making her 1st major final earlier in the year in Melbourne. Ivanovic dismantled Vekis 6-0 6-3. One is hardly sure what to make of this level of play as she was struggling in her first 2 rounds. Anyway, very few picked her to get out of the 1st round but here she is in the Round of 16. This is the first time she has been to the 2nd week of Roland Garros since 2008 when she won the title. 

You don't feel like kiss right now do you?

You don’t feel like kiss right now do you?

She will take on Ekaterina Makarova (9) who knocked out her fellow countrywoman and also longtime doubles partner, Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4. Makarova has been showing herself to be a “major contender” as she in the 2nd week of a major for the 4th consecutive major. She has made the quarterfinal or semifinal of the last 3 majors. Yet she has never been to a final and in the semifinal she was far from competitive. Anyway, she will take the ranking points as well the prize money.

Martha is the Russian Supreme

Martha is the Russian Supreme

Speaking of Russian, the Queen M herself was in action. Maria Sharapova (2) faced Sam Stosur (26) and many thought that this was going to an interesting match but it was only interesting for health reasons and not the actual tennis. Sharapova dispatched Stosur with relative ease 6-3 6-4. Sam was hardly ever competitive and mostly seemed timid to take charge of the match. However, Sharapova is battling a cold/cough/infection. She does not sound the same and looks rather ill. Nevertheless, she is quite determined to take this trophy for a 3rd time.

She needs all the fluids she can get

She needs all the fluids she can get

Looking like warmed over death

Looking like warmed over death

Sharapova will take on Lucie Safarova (13) who knocked out Sabine Lisicki (20) 6-3 7-6. Surprise! Surprise! Lisicki was up 5-3 in the 2nd set before doing her usual going bonkers in a match and simply gifting the match to Lucie. As we are on the subject of gifting matches, one cannot forget that Mirjana Lucic-Baroni was playing. She took on Alize Cornet (29) for a place in the Round of 16. Despite having the momentum, Lucic-Baroni felt it prudent to piss away the match. This is why I do not understand how it is that Halep did not win a set at least. Anyway, it comes as no surprise that Cornet could not serve out the match initially but Lucic-Baroni just allowed herself to be broken and Cornet was able to take it 4-6 6-3 7-5. Cornet will face Elina Svitolina (19) in the 4th round. Svitolina took out Annika Beck 6-3 2-6 6-4.

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Elina Svitolina has a chance of making it to the latter stages of this tournament

 

There were two “upsets” on the ladies side today, Flavia Pennetta (28) knocked out Carla Suarez-Navarro (8) in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Many felt that Carla was going to make some noise here in Paris as she has played so well all year long. However, as have been pointed out so many times by “The Spin/BridgePea” for all the talk about Carla for years now, she has only won 1 title. That is to say, when the tough get going, Carla gets gone. She does not handle pressure well and it is bad enough she hardly has a kill shot in her repertoire. Anyway, Carla’s real problem of the day was that she could not hold serve to save her life. For the match, she served 9 times and on each occasion but for 2. She was a hot mess. Flavia was no better really but she was the one show more proactive stance and who appeared to be most keen on taking the match. Flavia took it 6-3 6-4. The other upset was Garbine Muguruza (21) taking out Angelique Kerber (11) 4-6 6-2 6-2. Kerber just could not live with the power from Muguruza especially on the serve.  So it will be Pennetta v Muguruza for a place in the quarterfinals.  

Poor Carla has tumbled out of this tournament

Poor Carla has tumbled out of this tournament

So it will be the following in the Round of 16s for the Bottom Half

Ana (6) v Makarova (9)
Svitolina (19) v Cornet (29)
Flavia (28) v Muguruza (21)
Maria (2) v Lucie (13)

Mr. Federer seems to be a solid form

Mr. Federer seems to be a solid form

On the men’s side of things, it seems as though we will have a repeat of the Davis Cup Finals as two Frenchmen will take on two Swiss. Mr. Federer (2) will take on Beetlejuice aka Gael Monfils (13) in the Round of 16, a highly anticipated encounter that many predicted would be an absolutely thrilling encounter ever since the draw came out as Federer has lost his last 2 encounters with Monfils. Mr. Federer earned the right to play Monfils when he took out Damir Dzumhur in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2. It was a very solid performance from the former champion as Dzumhur played some fairly decent tennis. He displayed a fearless attitude throughout and it would interesting to see where he is in a couple of years. His game is attractive and he has potential to be top 50 at the very least and with some ambition and luck, top 20.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Monfils was his usual messy self against Pablo Cuevas (21) who I have to say is a bonafide scrub! Cuevas has a really nice game and very capable of being a permanent feature of the top 20. He showed as much against Monfils as he got to a 2-1 sets lead. However, in the 4th set, up 4-1 with the double break and serving for a 5-1 lead, Cuevas decided it was time to choke. When I say Pablo choke, I mean Pablo choked so badly I was near calling doctors to perform the Heimlich maneuver to help save him. The crowd did not need any incentive to get behind Monfils who won 5 straight games to take the 4th set 6-4. In the 5th, Cuevas opened up with a break but got broken immediately barely winning points on serve. In the end, he made the scoreline look cute as he lost the set 3-5. Monfils 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Don't worry Pablo I always throw away matches. You'll get over it

Don’t worry Pablo I always throw away matches. You’ll get over it

Stanley (8) will take on Simon (12) as they both won on the day. Stanley had a very easy day at the office as American Steve Johnson was just not ready for the high level of play from the top tier guys. Johnson has an excellent game but it is will need work if he wishes to get to the upper echelon of the sport. There were moments when he displayed brilliant tennis but it was hardly constant as Stanley was dogged about winning here. Stanley through 6-4 6-3 6-2. Simon on the other hand had a tough battle against his countryman Nicolas Mahut. Mahut looked like he was going to make a quick exit from the match after losing the 1st set 2-6 but he fought hard in the 2nd and 3rd sets to win the breakers. However, Simon was not about to be denied this opportunity, he stepped up his game and won the 4th and 5th sets comfortably; Simon 6-2 6-7 6-7 6-3 6-1.

Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon giving you that Old Hollywood Glam

In the other matches, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14) added to the celebration of the French as he knocked out Pablo Andujar in straight sets 7-6  6-4 6-3. Tsonga will play Tomas Berdych who took out another Frenchman Benoit Paire in the 3rd round. Now Tomas is seeded 4th here and he seems rather uncomfortable with this distinction because all three of his matches thus far this tournament have been very sloppy. None of them he showed any signs of being the supreme player. He was very messy more so than magnificent v Paire who had he been more than a scrub, surely Berdych would have been sent home. Berdych won nonetheless 6-1 6-7 6-3 6-4.

Baby Ali

Baby Ali definitely loves Oral

afsad

I am not sure if Tsonga’s tongue action is stimulating his girlfriend (sitting next to Mrs. Tsonga) or his “boyfriend” behind her

Mrs. Berdych to be checking on her investment

Mrs. Berdych to be checking on her investment

Berdych hasn't look very comfortable this tournament at all. Be interesting to see him in Week 2

Berdych hasn’t look very comfortable this tournament at all. Be interesting to see him in Week 2

Richard Gasquet (20) was able to finish off Carlos Berlocq in the 5th set after their match was suspended due to poor light the day before; Gasquet 3-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1. As noted before, Kei Nishikori (5) is already through to the Round of 16 as Benjamin Becker defaulted from the tournament. Kei will play Teymuraz Gabashvili who knocked out Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-4 6-4. Seems like Rosol has no higher ambition than to collect the 3rd round pay cheque at a major. This was certainly a winnable match for him.  

Dzumhur looks Delicious

Dzumhur looks Delicious

So in the Bottom Half of the men’s draw, this is how the Round of 16s shape up

Kei (5) v Gabashvili
Tsonga (14) v Berdych (4)
Stanley (8) v Simon (12)
Mr. Federer (2) v Monfils (13)

OMG I WON!!! MON DIEU J'AI GAGNE

OMG I WON!!! MON DIEU J’AI GAGNE

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YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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Un moment … I just won my 3rd round match. There’s no trophy. I still have to win 4 more matches for that ….. FUCK ..

 

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  1. No need to bring up Wawrinka every time you mention Vekic. It’s a totally baseless rumor fabricated by tabloids that leaked into the tennis media, and then they ran with it. Unfair to both Stan and Donna, and that’s why Stan was pissed by that now-deleted RG article.

    • You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! As far as I have been made aware on this matter and/or enlightened on the subject, I was told that the matter is in fact totally “baseless” as you say. I was not aware that they have both stated for the record that they are not involved in a personal relationship. I thought that both were mum on the matter. I was wrong in my assumption that they were silent on the matter AND more so that their silence meant that they were in a relationship! This matter was actually clarified by a “Stanimal” expert on the most recent podcast.

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